Your baby's first tooth is an exciting event!
Most babies get their first tooth between 4 and 7 months. A few don't get one until after their first birthday! By age 3 most toddlers have a full set of 20 teeth!
Watch for signs of teething:
~ Acting a little cranky
~ wanting to chew hard things
~puffy, red gums-especially in the front of the mouth, where teeth usually come in first
Some babies have a MINOR fever when teething. But a high fever (0ver 101F) and diarrhea are NOT caused by teething.
Tips for soothing sore gums:
~Gently rub baby's gums with your finger or a wet washcloth
~offer a teething ring made of firm rubber. Don't use liquid-filled rings, since they break easily
Keep things COOL
~it helps with pain & swelling
~Chill a teething ring, pacifier or wet washcloth (don't freeze it) Anything to hard, could hurt their gums
~Offer a chunk of frozen fruit in a baby-safe mesh bag feeder
Try a Pain Medicine:
~if your baby is very uncomfortable, Acetaminophen (infants Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil-for babies over 6 months old) are helpful-follow dosage guidelines on box
~AVOID RUB-ON TEETHING GELS. Many contain benzocaine, and ingredient with sides effects in young babies
~NEVER use liquor on baby's gums